On the streets in Scotland

On the streets in Scotland

On the streets in Scotland

It can be difficult to imagine the everyday reality for a vulnerable child spending time alone on our streets in the UK. I'll confess, before taking my role at Railway Children two years ago, I hadn't considered that there was an issue in this country. It's easy to conjure up images from other countries - hungry-looking children streaked with dirt, ragged clothes - but in the UK?
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Five tips for training for an ultra marathon

Five tips for training for an ultra marathon

This weekend I will run further in a single attempt than I ever have before. I ran the Norfolk Ultra marathon (62 miles) last year and got a lot out of it, and I had forgotten most of the bad bits when I decided to run the 108 mile Tour De Mon Bike Race on 1 September 2013.
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Time for government to step through the looking glass

The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith claims that 350,000 children will be lifted out of poverty as a result of Coalition’s welfare reform programme and no one will be worse off under the new system.
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Girlguiding UK: girls taking action

As the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, Girlguiding is delighted to support the International Day for Street Children. The fact that more than 100,000 children run away from home each year is shocking - that this statistic is so little known is deeply troubling.
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A more engaged society will help more street children

For millions of children around the world life on the street is a daily reality. For some children, the streets are a permanent escape from broken homes, cruelty or domestic violence. Others arrive in the hope of better financial opportunities for themselves and their families. What they all have in common is their vulnerability, away from the protection of their guardians and left to make their own decisions in an adult world.
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The Reach Report: A Big Step Towards Safer Children

Today we are launching a new report we commissioned over twelve months ago to independently evaluate our work with children and young people here in the UK we call ‘Reach’.
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